Thursday, December 2, 2010

Stink.

I ran out of deodorant today and in my desperation had to use Steven's. This has not turned out to be a good choice. ... I stink.
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That's not to say his deodorant is stinky, just that it doesn't suit ME well at all. I'm used to smelling feminine, not musky. ...yuck.
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What's worse is I tried to mask it by spraying on a ton of body spray, and that didn't go so well either.
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... ... ...Steven, I think it's your turn to update the blog. ^_^  haha.

Black and White with a hint of Pink

I've said it before and I'll likely say it again: One of the best things about marrying my high school sweetheart has been that we already have a lot of the same friends. And fortunately, most of those friends are still in Utah with us, so we get to hang out with them a lot. Hooray!
This particular blog post is dedicated to our dear friend Melissa, who for her 22nd birthday threw a black white and pink party.

You don't need to invite us twice to anything where dressing-up is involved. Steven and I were ECSTATIC! :)

Steven wore his black church pants and shoes with a white tie over a great black with white pinstripes shirt that we found at DI and I wore my cocktail dress from New York over leather leggings and took my new white boa that we recently bought at Halloween city as well as my new lace gloves. Oh, Steven had on his opera gloves as well.
 

Since we didn't really have any pink articles of clothing, we brought along our super awesome pink pony as our "touch of pink". We are now accepting suggestions for it's name.

Here is Steven stroking our pony. 
Here is me stroking my boa...which unfortunately shed feathers all over their couch. ...Sorry 'bout that. 

The party was AWESOME! Great treats, great friends, great apartment! So much fun!!
Here are some of our super awesome friends:

Laura and Lauren!

Cute Camille!
Aaaand Tyler!
 Plus our beautiful birthday girl MELISSA!

Melissa, styling the ever so wonderful high school choir dress!
After mingling and treats we played some super fun games, including catch phrase wherein I embarrassed myself by yelling "PARIS!!" after the clue was "a city in Italy." ...Yeah. No worries, I HAD yelled "Venice" first.
It was a great night with friends and we are super glad that people still invite us to stuff even though we're married.

Snape, Snape, Severus Snape...DUMBLEDORE!!!

I love potter puppet pals.

And Harry Potter.

We saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 3 hours before the general public -thanks to a hook-up via Richie being awesome-
Afterwards we went to Village Inn and ate good food. Yum.

Here are some sweet pictures:
Me, as Bellatrix Lestrange
Richie and Whitney as Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy
Sarah as Professor Trelawny


Michelle as Luna Lovegood
Steven as Severus Snape eating Wendy's food
(Best picture of the night!)


The Good guys

The Bad Guys!

Halloween 2010~Elven Lovers

Steven and I celebrated Halloween by spending about $200 total on our Halloween costumes, and probably another $100 on decor for our apartment. We're really into Holidays, and Halloween is my next favorite after Christmas so I go all out.
We decorated for Halloween a full 3 days prior to October, and added on throughout the month as things went on sale at the BYU bookstore. Also, we discovered a magical seasonal Halloween store in Orem that had a 50% off sale on November first. Whitney was kind enough to drive us so that we could all stash up on Halloween decorations and costume pieces.
Steven and I began planning our Halloween costumes back in July. We ordered his boots and my corset from his favorite Medieval magazine, and had them back at our previous apartment. We also ordered pointy elf ears online which didn't arrive until the week before Halloween. Fortunately, our Halloween costumes would be seen on two different nights as our Ward Halloween party was the night before the main event. Although we didn't win any prizes, we enjoyed showing off our costumes to admiring members of our ward. Also, we played a super fun party game wherein I had to the the "bend and snap".

After the ward Halloween party we met up with my sister Jessica and her man Miles. We'd been invited to share in their group date activity. Everyone had a camera and a prop and each couple had 20 minutes to run around campus and take funny pictures with their prop. We had an old work glove, and we made a horror story through photos of the glove attacking Steven the elf.
Oh, also we did a "buy this sexy work glove" commercial.

"VICTORY!"
Saturday was the main Halloween event, a Halloween party hosted by my old friend Todd and Christie. They throw amazing Halloween costume parties every year! We were very excited to be able to dress up again. But, before heading to Spanish Fork for the party, Steven and I kept up the REAL Halloween tradition of Trick-or-Treating! We had wanted to make it a group event, but all of our friends and family are lame sissies that think Trick-or-Treating has some un-spoken age limit. You devils. :D haha jk. Anyway, they are all wrong, YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO TRICK OR TREAT! :D Wheee! Steven and I had a great time traipsing around upper-Mapleton getting free candy. The only downside was that we started our trick-or-treating much too late in the evening, and were only able to go door-to-door for about 45 minutes before we were expected for the party.
 

At the party Steven was introduced to the weird and eccentric "Rocky Horror Picture Show". XD Eh heh heh. Also there was great food and fun friends and costumes all around. Plus there was a little costume contest and Steven and I won "Best Overall costume(s)" of the evening! Woohoo! All our hard work had definitely paid off. It was a great night!
Also significant was that this also happened to be our 6 month anniversary of being married! {couldn't have planned that better! ;)}Mom and Dad Lindsley made us a yummy little chocolate cake to celebrate, so when we got home we lit the candle and had ourselves an extra Halloween/Anniversary celebration.

2010~Best Halloween yet!
Next year we're probably being pirates. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sooo...we never blog.

Oh hi, we're alive.

Having a blog and having a facebook page is a little counter-productive. I feel like I just have to post everything interesting about our lives twice, and our blog has significantly less "readers" so I'm never motivated. Buuut....It's nice to have a little written record of our married life, so blog I shall.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Claymore, the box turtle

Steven's favorite animals are turtles, Rebekah's favorite animals are monkeys. After careful deliberation and a measuring of our pet budget, we decided to get a turtle as our first married pet. We'll just have to save up for that monkey-keepers license later.
We purchased our box turtle from "Jay's Jungle", an adorable pet store on Center Street in Provo. It's just a few blocks from our house, which is convenient if we need any emergency supplies. Also, after having called around to several pet stores in the area, we also discovered that Jay's had the best prices. Win win for us! It didn't take us long to pick out a turtle to take home. They only had two 3-toed box turtles in stock that day, and of the two we picked the one that was more energetic and much better looking. He is an attractive reptile.
Steven picked out the name "Claymore" even before we'd bought him, and it was just lucky for us that the turtle we picked out turned out to be a boy so we didn't have to modify the name to a feminine. (Claymora?)
Our first pet
He's super easy to take care of. He eats lettuce and carrots and drinks water.

Claymore


We love our new pet! Woot woot!





Monday, October 18, 2010

I got a new haircut! yayaya!

Before the cut!
It had been long enough...and is WAS long enough!! (My hair, that is...)
Steven LOVES long hair to an obsessive point, so he has made me promise that I won't hack it all off until we have babies...so basically never. XD haha. jk. So, to compromise, I got a "punk" cut, where there is only ONE long layer on the bottom and all the rest is short and funky. Kinda like emo girls...I guess.
So anyway...
Here is my hair before it was cut. Pretty sickeningly long...
Steven was sure to take lots of pictures before I went to the salon. He was pretty nervous about what I was going to do to it. 
From the front
Snippy Snip Snip!! :D

He was going to work while I got my hair cut, so he wouldn't be seeing any of the carnage first hand. 
But, fortunately for Steven, I am smart about my hair. Also, I LOVE getting my hair cut at The Paul Mitchell School in Provo because they are really careful and always listen EXACTLY to what you want. Plus, the students have to check it off with a teacher before and AFTER they cut it, so you feel confident that they know what they're doing. Plus, it's only $8.00 

See, not so bad Steven! I only had them take an inch off the bottom!
Lots of layers in the back and top!!!


Yay! New hair and weird pose!! :D Hooray!

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Post wherein I, Rebekah, get offered a job

True story!!
I always work 32 hours a week. Monday-Thursday, 11pm-7am. But lately I've been helping out my breakfast lady coworkers by picking up at least 1 breakfast shift a week as well. So, this past Saturday I woke up at 5:30am to get to work by 6:30 (on our one bicycle of course!) to work the Saturday morning breakfast shift.
Towards the end of my shift as I'm starting to clean up, a lady whom I had noticed eating breakfast earlier came up and asked me if I was a BYU student. When I replied in the affirmative she asked if I would be interested in a second part-time job! She explained to me that she and her husband are property owners of a condo in Provo and were looking for a new property manager to collect the rent and do the cleaning check once a month. They had watched me working that morning and noticed that I was (in her words) "quick, efficient, friendly and conscientious" and that exhibited qualities that they were looking for in a new manager. The husband had also come over by this time and affirmed that I seemed to be good at my job, and they were thrilled to ask if I had any interest. I told them a little about myself and went ahead and wrote down my information figuring that it couldn't hurt to have them consider me! We chatted a little bit and they headed out saying that they would further consider me and we would be in touch.
After they left I went back to my cleaning and related the story to my current manager, Ben. I saw the couple out in the parking lot, loading up their car and giving every impression that they were leaving.
Just then, they walked back in the lobby and approached me.
"We've been thinking it over, and we just really feel like you are the person we are supposed to hire. We'd like to offer you a job as our property manager!" Aiee! I happily accepted the position, and then they said they wished they had someone like me working at their company in Seattle, and if Steven  and I ever move there, I can consider myself employed!! AHHHH!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, TAH DAH!! I have the PERFECT second job!!! I am the property manager of a BYU approved off-campus Women's housing condo in Provo! WHEEEEE!!!

Camping

So this one time (because it actually happened before the road trip but I forgot to post about it...) Steven and I (well mostly me) REALLY wanted to go camping. So we borrowed a tent and sleeping bags from the Lindsley parents, bought some rations, and headed up Hobble Creek Canyon. Unfortunately this was the last weekend of the summer, so everyone else had had the exact same idea and all 3 campgrounds were full. Being adventurous and wanting to fulfill our outdoor desires, Steven and I decided to ignore a "DAY USE ONLY" sign, and set up camp off the road at one of the daytime fire pit locations along the road. It was about 10pm by the time we found a spot, but the brilliant full moon lit everything up beautifully. Steven set up the sent and I got a fire going, and soon enough we were happily roasting hot dogs for our dinner. 
And just then...up pull the State Troopers and their big old cop car. 
True story.
Steven gets up to greet them, aaaaand, I keep turning my hot dog. Two cops get out and start over to us with their flashlights. 
Dialogue:
Cop: (shining the light over us) "How you guys doing tonight? You guys doing alright?"
Me: (Still on the ground) "If we really have to leave can we at least finish our hot dogs first?"
Cop: "So you guys know this is a day use only site?"
Me: "Yes, we saw that, but we decided to  be blatantly disobedient and camp here anyway because all the campgrounds are full." 
Cop: (Surprised) "Well at least you're honest!"
Me: "Disobedient, but honest."
Cop: (Thinking to himself and looking at the other cop) "...all full huh..."
Steven: "Yeah, we drove all the way up to [third campground] and they all said 'campground full'."
Me: "But we're not drinking, we're not doing drugs....and we're married!"
Cop: (Chuckling) "Well, tell you guys what...if you are sure to put out your campfire all the way, you guys can go ahead and crash out here tonight and we won't bother ya." 

TRUE STORY!!!
There was a bit more dialog after that, consisting of us being really excited and me offering them hot dogs.
Also, they told us that for future reference if you take the dirt road that's up even past Balsam, you can camp anywhere and there are no rules or curfews. Awesome!! So that is our cool camping story of how we made friends with the cops and ended up having the best camping spot EVER because we were all by ourselves, and by a river, and total awesome privacy. 
Me being super excited that the cops were cool cats
After the cops left we ate our hot dogs and treats and talked by the fire until about midnight. Then, after putting out the flames (safety first!) we climbed into our warm comfy tent to read our marriage relations book and listen to the crickets and the wind and the sound of the creek singing. It was wonderful. 
Us in the tent!
In the morning we ate some yummy pop-tarts and apple juice!
Morning picture.


And then followed the best picture of my entire life, wherein I was eating a poptart. 

Behold: Natural Ugliness!! :D
I have now attempted to put in on every possible website I am affiliated with, because it is simply TOO epic to be hidden. BAH HA HA! I laugh hysterically every time I see this gem. 
After I got somewhat put together, we went exploring! 


It was a beautiful day in the mountains
Steven found some Lamb's Ear plants and knew just what to do with them!

Hee hee hee! 
Then I decided to take a dip in the creek!


It was a great adventure and we LOVE CAMPING!!

Kids, don't try this at home. 






Road Tripping!!

Labor day weekend 2010 Steven and I piled in "Big Blue" the family van, and headed for CA for my oldest sister Jennifer's baby's blessing. Wow that was a long sentence.
Thanks to my amazing job, we were able to stay two nights in Vegas as well! Marriott is my hero that way.
The car was filled with my mom driving, my 13 year old sister Melissa in shot-gun (not fair...), my older sister and look-alike sister Jessica and Steven and I switching it up in the back seats. Jess's boyfriend Miles was going to come too...but didn't want to pay for his own hotel room. We left about 5pm Friday evening and spirits were high! Hooray road trips!
Steven was such a good sport throughout the whole weekend. I really don't know what got into him that made him so happy and agreeable, but somehow he didn't go crazy spending over 24 hours in a car with me and two sisters and my mom for a whole weekend. He was AMAZING. Definitely giant brownie points. 
It took us until about midnight Nevada time to make it to our hotel that night, and it was so nice to be there! Marriott's are all smoke-free, and I don't know about the siblings, but Steven and I had a GORGEOUS hotel room! It was nice to have all the hot water we wanted as well, because at our apartment our water tank is REALLY small, and we'll run out if we flush the toilet while showering. haha.
I settled right down and helped myself to some late night TV (something else we don't get at home) and Steven  used the free internet to do some homework!
The next morning we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast and then all took a dip in the hotel pool which was surrounded by palm trees! 
After that we were off on the road again. 
As we were passing through Nevada into California, we kept seeing these giant billboards for "Alien Fresh Jerky-FREE SAMPLES". We'd see one almost every mile, and finally we decided that we would have to check it out. 
Soon enough we reached Baker California, home of the world's largest thermometer, AND Alien Fresh Jerky.    
Epic win. 
Alien baby in the backseat
We all went inside to get some free samples, and also got to experience the crazy cookyness of all the alien paraphernalia.
Alien on the roof that waves at you
"Space Troopers" parked in the parking lot



Aliens driving the "Space Trooper" taxi
Then, inside the building...
An Alien fortune teller!


It was quite the adventure. 
Then we continued on, finally making it to San Diego!! It was the first time I was seeing my new nephew Cory! Yay!! And Steven got to spend some more time being an uncle with our nephew Jason. :) We had a family pizza picnic at a park and everyone played on the playground. :) 
That night Jess and Elizabeth stayed with Jen and Matt, and Steven and I and Mom AND Dad (who had joined us from Oregon) spent the night at my uncle Rulon's house. Steven and I got this sweet room with mirrors down the full length of one wall. ... 'Nuff said! :D
The next day was Sunday; the big event! Cory's baby blessing was lovely, followed by an interesting sacrament/testimony meeting, followed by the best dinner of our lives hosted by Jennifer's in-laws, the Neals! Their was BBQ chicken, salads, fresh fruits, sparkling cider, veggies, and the BEST ROLLS OF OUR LIVES!!!! Yummm! I think I ate 6. 
Also on Sunday we caught a quick half hour at the beach.

Then, back on the road we went! This time we attempted to use my laptop to watch a movie, but this poor thing only stays on about an hour if it's not plugged in, and even less time when it's trying to play a movie...but we were still amused for the time being as we watched "The Testaments" in Russian, which ended up being a very good call on Jessica's part, because Korihor is even freakier when he's speaking in Russian. :D 
This particular evening we took Steven's patience to a whole new level when we introduced him to some of my family favorite road trip games. 
1. The "What if" game where-in someone chooses someone else and asks, "If (person) could...(insert three totally random things) which would they choose?" And then the person has to think about it until they know which one they would choose and when they've got it, we all guess, and then they tell us which it was.
Ex: Jessica says, "If Rebekah could wake up tomorrow with 1. A moustache that grows back every day even if she shaves it, 2. Being enormously fat, so fat that she can't get through the door, or 3. Bald and not allowed to wear a wig, which would she choose?" 
or, I said, "If Mom had to 1. Have a snakes body  from the waist down, 2. Live in a bathtub for the rest of her life or 3. Be inside a giant plastic bubble, which would she choose?" 

It's a way fun game, and we played it for like two hours. 

Second fun game that Steven  was introduced to was a singing game. Someone starts singing a song and then they stop on a random word in the song and then someone else has to think of a song that has the same word that they  stopped on in it. 
Ex: "I like to look for RAINBOWS..." ... "Someday we'll find it, the RAINBOW connections, the lovers the dreamers and ME..." "very very popular like ME..." continuing on for...oh...probably another good two hours. hahaha. Sorry Steven. :) But, again, he was such a good sport about it, and even participated quite often...my favorite being when the word was "Man" and suddenly Steven belted out, "I am just a man!!!" From Josh Groban. :D haha. I love Steven.
Finally, about 1am Sunday night after driving back and forth on the Las Vegas Strip, we arrived at our final hotel. 
Monday it was back to Utah with one quick stop at the Cheese factory so Jessica could buy some squeaky cheese. Gross. 
It was a super fun weekend and we really enjoyed spending so much quality time with our family and each other without having to worry about work or school or laundry or dishes. It was a nice break.